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The F1 branded trucks were spotted this week on the roads of Europe - which can only mean one thing - summer (and F1) returns to Europe. I do like the big hospitality areas the teams cart around Europe, it just adds that bit more colour to the paddock (although some of the permanent facilities like China do have pretty spectacular paddocks too).

Lots of news to talk about, starting with the rebranding of McLaren (who still don't have a title sponsor) - it was described as more dynamic and predatory livery by the team (covered in AutoSport), but for all the hype I am not actually convinced new sparkly paint will make that Honda engine any better. Might sell more merch though, what they had on sale at earlier rounds this year was bland and boring. There was one twitter wag who hypothesized that the new McLaren might look like this aggressive turtle, what do you think?

Then there's Alonso at his home race being struck down by an eye issue (stye?) that's required him to wear his mirrored sunglasses to all the press/fan events. Great for his sunglasses sponsor, but will he be fit to pilot the more dynamic and predatory McLaren on Sunday? Maybe that's where the turtle comes in.....

But for mine, the car to watch this weekend is the new 'Mad Max' branded Lotus. Seriously, we all know Maldonado has issues, but isn't it just tempting the Crash-ton-ator just a little to much to make him think he's Mad Max?? Shall we take some predictions on how long it'll be before the Mad Max sidepods are in a wall somewhere? Or is that just too uncharitable?

Tire wear is sure to be an issue again this round, with warm and dry conditions forecast - and the usual pollen issues annoying everyone at the circuit who is the slightest bit sensitive to the spring curse of hayfever. Enjoy the race folks - see you on the other side!

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